Missed the opening sessions of our APATS 2020 virtual conference? Don't worry, you can catch up with all the day one discussion here. 

Watch Cabin Crew sessions

Watch Maintenance sessions

Moderator – Professor Paul Bates 

Keynote Presentation - State of the Industry
IATA represented by the Regional Director, Blair Cowles, opened the conference with an overview of the situation of the airlines at this point. He looked at the projections of the recovery over the years, and the impact this has, and will have, on the different groups of crew members.

Session 1 – In this session, the panel discussed the impact of the crisis on pilot training, but more importantly, how the industry looks at the future. We heard the views of the leading manufacturer, the biggest ATO, and one of the largest airlines in the region. They brought three different angles on the same issue and will answer questions live. 

1. Captain Yann Lardet, Vice President, Flight Operations Support & Training Standards, Airbus 
Aircraft Manufacturer Through the Crisis
2. Captain Chris Ranganathan, Chief Learning Officer, CAE
View of an ATO on the Way Forward
3. Captain Aric Oh, Group Managing Director, Lion Air Group
Major Airline View on Pilot Training Post-Covid-19

Session 2 – The crisis has hit all sectors hard, the airlines very hard, and the financial and human toll is heavy. The ab initio students are one of those groups that will suffer, but in the long run, things might look good. Training departments will have to do more with less because finances will be tight. And finally, there is the Human Factor: how do crewmembers cope with the loss of their job? How do they keep their motivation when thousands of pilots are unemployed? Our panel of three specialists discussed all this in their fields of ab initio, finance, and human factors. 

1. Captain Adrian Young, Acting COO and AOC Accountable Manager, QantasLink
Ab Initio
2. Captain Mike Varney, Managing Director, EBT Solutions & Dr. William Cox, CEO, Management & Excellence SA
A Paradigm Shift in Pilot Training
3. Owen Sims, Solent University
Human Factors Implications in the ‘Post-Covid’ World